Our Team


Bruce Blazar, MD
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Bruce Blazer

Bruce R. Blazar, M.D., is a Regents Professor of Pediatrics, and Chief of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program. He has directed preclinical basic and translational immunology and stem cell research and early phase clinical studies for more than 30 years, with particular emphasis in the blood and marrow transplantation immunobiology. Dr. Blazar is the Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation for the Medical School, Associate Vice President for Clinical and Translational Science and the Director of the University of Minnesota's Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Full bio

John Wagner, MD
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John Wagner

John E. Wagner, M.D., is a Professor of Pediatrics and Division Director of the Hematology-Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program. He is an experienced clinical investigator in the field of marrow transplantation and has more than 20 years of experience leading phase I/II studies specifically in the area of marrow graft engineering using physical and immunological methods and umbilical cord blood hematopoietic stem cells. Full bio

Robert Schumacher, PhD
Scientific Director
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 Robert Schumacher

Robert J. Schumacher, Ph.D., is the Scientific Director for the Center for Translational Medicine, directing the Center’s laboratory and programs that facilitate the clinical application and commercialization of the University’s discovery-based technologies. Dr. Schumacher has a broad range of development expertise and more than 15 years of experience in academia and industry. He has designed and directed preclinical and clinical development programs in diverse therapeutic areas and his experience ranges from candidate evaluation and selection through the filing of marketing applications. He’s also created regulatory strategies to support development programs and worked directly with the FDA and other regulatory agencies. Full bio

Laboratory Scientific Staff

Angela Blum-Craig, CVT, ALAT
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Lia Coicou
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Brenda Koniar, CVT, LAT
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Joshua McCarra, MPH
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Craig Flory, PhD
Preclinical Study Director
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Beverly Norris
Scientist, Project Manager
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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Employees

Jacob Farber

Ivy Garland

Victoria Hoehn

Nadia Nelson

Andrew Peterson

Sydney Preston